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Bienvenue à La Belle Vilaine
Self-catering, holiday cottages on the South Brittany/Loire Atlantique border in France.
Friendly family run gite accommodation where dogs are welcome.

 
Wk 1 The weather continues to be unseasonally warm - temperatures of 13 degrees during the day being the norm this week. The Mimosa trees have been in flower now for about a fortnight. Yesterday we came across a Peacock butterfly (although it didn't appear to be very robust, it was flying). The Lesser Celandine is in flower in the woods and we have seen several Red Squirrels out and about. On Thursday morning there were 3 Roe Deer at the bottom of the garden. I have seen the impressive, silvery-grey male HEN HARRIER quartering the fields around our garden on two occasions this week. A female Sparrow Hawk has been busy dashing along our hedgerow and the Kestrels seem to have paired up along with a pair of Robins and Blackbirds (the male with his bright yellow beak). Numbers of Fieldfare and Redwing continue to be well below those recorded last winter and there have been no sightings of Brambling or Hawfinch this year - all presumably down to the warmer weather.
Wk 2 Cheryl had a good view of a BARN OWL as she was driving home from work on Wednesday evening. The starling roost near the port at La Roche-Bernard sounded well-populated on Tuesday morning as I parked and headed into the school - I have been unable to catch the "evening show" as they come in to roost for the night though. I must make an effort to do so, as the sight of hundreds, maybe thousands, of starlings swooping as one is a truly amazing sight.
Wk3 Wet and windy with very few sunny spells - not too cold (around 11 degrees) but the wind chill factor is considerable and I have gone back to wearing a bonnet whilst out walking. A female HEN HARRIER was quartering the field only yards from me whilst I sat at the computer earlier today (Sunday). Another highlight this week was a CIRL BUNTING in the hedgerow - these are more numerous here than the Yellowhammers. The Kestrel pair are seen more often together than apart these days - the remains of last year's desasterous nest have been cleared (I presume by the wind) and I am waiting to see where they choose to build this year.
Wk 4 Several trees are already in blossom and the Magnolias are in full flower. Cheryl and Paul had a BLACK WOODPECKER fly over them as they walked the dogs on the 28th. On the 26th I caught sight of a BLACK KITE in Penestin - the first this year and exactly a month to the day earlier than last year.
 
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La Belle Vilaine
Self-catering, holiday cottages on the South Brittany/Loire Atlantique border in France.
Friendly family run gite accommodation where dogs are welcome.